Career and Majors Exploration
Choosing a career can be based on a lot of factors. However, in the best of circumstances
it is based on what is best for you. Career exploration should take a lot of things
into consideration: your personality, personal values and ethics, your likes and dislikes,
and your skills and abilities. Each job can be classified based on these personal
Career exploration inventory programs, like FOCUS II, ask you questions about yourself and offer potential jobs that match up with your answers. Be sure to be honest with the answers you give to get the best results.
In an ideal world, you would totally base your career decision on theses personal factors. In reality other factors such as where you live, access to education, the economy, etc. play major roles. So, the best you can do is make sure you are aware of the characteristics of potential jobs so that you go into your education program well informed as to what you will do when you actually get on the job. This can be done by using information resources such as O*NET and the America's Career Info Network to explore job characteristics, salaries, trends, and outlooks in the job market.
When you have identified potential careers, ask people, who do the job, what it is actually like. Even see if you can job shadow someone on the job for a day.
No test can be 100% accurate in giving you information about careers that match well with you. No exploration of careers can show you what it will actually be like to do a job. So, do the research and exploration so that you are at least well informed to support the decisions you make.
Remember that the CATS staff is here to assist for every step of the process. Contact us whenever you have a question or need our help.
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FOCUS II is designed to help you make an informed decision about your major/career. It contains several surveys about your interests, personality, skills, values, and leisure activities. From your responses, the program creates a list of potential careers that you can further explore. Choosing a career based on your answers helps you make an informed decision about your major and leads to a more rewarding career path.